Kyphoplasty is a procedure designed to correct compression fractures associated with kyphosis, or an unwanted curvature of the spine when the spine begins to take on a C or U shape. This is not used to treat scoliosis, which is the sideways bending of the spine into an S shape. Kyphoplasty is an in-depth procedure requiring the installation of hardware and the fusion of multiple vertebras, but the end result is a reduction in pain and discomfort, as well as stopping the ongoing curving. For more information about lumbar kyphoplasty, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health by calling Call407-303-5452 to make an appointment for a consultation on your condition.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
It’s important to note that lumbar kyphoplasty is not the right option for all patients suffering from kyphosis. Those in a stable condition (where the curve is not steadily increasing) and whose spinal curvature is less than 45-degrees will find greater benefits through physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments. Alternatively, some patients will benefit more from vertebroplasty rather than kyphoplasty. The only way to determine the best path forward is to have a full consultation with an expert like Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health. Through a series of imaging tests (CT scans, MRIs and x-rays), the surgeon will determine the cause of the kyphosis, as well as recommend a specific course of action or a range of potential options.
The best candidates for this surgery are those who have suffered compression fractures of the vertebras relatively recently (within two weeks or so of the original accident), and who experience severe pain and discomfort that is not remedied through bed rest or physical therapy and exercise programs.
How Does Kyphoplasty Work?
Kyphoplasty is a relatively easy to understand procedure. It involves the use of an inflated balloon to restore lost disc space between vertebra, and then the injection of a synthetic cement compound to heal the fractures. During the surgery, a small needle will be inserted into the affected area. An x-ray is taken to ascertain location, and then a larger probe is inserted. The probe will be used to inflate a small balloon to restore the lost disc space. Next, acrylic cement is injected into the area to stabilize the fractures. However, it is important to note that while the balloon does add space to the affected area, the procedure does not restore lost height to the vertebra.
After the Procedure and Recovery
Most patients experience immediate pain relief after undergoing kyphoplasty. It’s also an outpatient procedure, so most patients will not need to spend any time admitted to the hospital. You should be up and walking around right after surgery, and will likely be released to return to your normal routine in a relatively short period of time.
To learn more about kyphoplasty, spinal fusion or other treatment options for back pain, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health. Call Call407-303-5452 to schedule your consultation.